Wednesday, April 27, 2016

drawing and sketching while...

I find if I keep a sketchbook and pen nearby, most likely I'll pick it up and draw or sketch in it, or as in the case with the image below, doodle, sometimes getting some collaborative help from Kris, as in the case with the image below. The white rhino in the above photo was drawn loosely based off a photograph from a recent National Geographic magazine, while waiting for some work to get done on my car. The pic at the very bottom was shot while watching the latest Star Wars movie on a Sunday night, again, while sketching from National Geographic. I like the challenge of rendering things in a representative fashion, trying to capture the likeness of  something, while visually learning something about that thing's physical structure. Similarly, I enjoy making meandering, stream-of-conscious abstractions in line and color. Both approaches to drawing are equally meditative and weirdly relaxing for me, as if all time has stood still and the petty concerns of daily life vanish, if not for a brief while. It's a nice alternative to picking up the smart phone and getting lost in an endless stream of mostly dumb information. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

the decorated egg exhibit and benefit auction at the franklin park arts center, purcellville, virginia

Earlier in the week Kris and I made it out to see the Decorated Egg art exhibit at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville, Virginia.  Kris and I were glad to have our work in the show (Her piece, "Spring Garden", below photo, far left. My piece, "Pangolin Love", above photo, third from left.) and were amazed by some of the entries and various approaches to the concept in this show. Thankfully, all the eggs sold for a good price at the auction held at the art center last Sunday, making the event a great success. Hopefully they'll hold more of these customized art object exhibits in the near future!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

post reception thank you!

I just want to thank everyone for coming by Old Ox Brewing for my art reception Friday night! It was so good to see good friends again and make some new ones as well, on such a beautiful warm evening. It was a lot of fun and there was so much positive energy. Also a big thanks goes out to the Loudoun Arts Council and Jill Evans-Kavaldjian for making this happen and for supporting local art! In the meantime, my good friend Eric Scott, came by the show as well and wrote a wonderful blog post about it HERE. Check it out!